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Taking Lighting to the Next Level with Open, Standards-based Wireless Lighting Controls

July 17, 2012 5:55 am | Comments

Daintree Networks, Inc ., and Philips today announced an agreement to develop advanced lighting controls products for commercial buildings through the use of open standards such as ZigBee®, helping customers to avoid vendor lock-in and ensure that their lighting systems are interoperable today and well into the future.


Extracting Multiple Anodes from a Single Wafer for Lithium-Ion Batteries

July 17, 2012 5:49 am | Comments

Researchers at Rice University and Lockheed Martin reported this month that they’ve found a way to make multiple high-performance anodes from a single silicon wafer. The process uses simple silicon to replace graphite as an element in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries , laying the groundwork for longer-lasting, more powerful batteries for such applications as commercial electronics and electric vehicles.


Human Eye Inspires Clog-free Ink Jet Printer Invented by MU Researcher

July 17, 2012 5:42 am | by Clogged printer nozzles waste time and money while reducing print quality. University of Missouri engineers recently invented a clog-preventing nozzle cover by mimicking the human eye. | Comments

“The nozzle cover we invented was inspired by the human eye,” said Jae Wan Kwon, associate professor in the College of Engineering. “The eye and an ink jet nozzle have a common problem: they must not be allowed to dry while, simultaneously, they must open. We used biomimicry, the imitation of nature, to solve human problems.


Researchers Almost Double Light Efficiency in LC Projectors

July 17, 2012 5:37 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and ImagineOptix Corporation have developed new technology to convert unpolarized light into polarized light, which makes projectors that use liquid crystal (LC) technology almost twice as energy efficient. The new technology has resulted in smaller, lower cost and more efficient projectors, meaning longer battery life and significantly lower levels of heat.


Pioneering Self-Contained 'Smart Village' Offers World Model for Rural Poverty Relief

July 17, 2012 5:27 am | Comments

An innovative, high-tech "smart village" built in Malaysia provides a potential global template for addressing rural poverty in a sustainable environment, say international experts meeting in California's Silicon Valley. Rimbunan Kaseh, a model community built north-east of Kuala Lumpur, consists of 100 affordable homes, high-tech educational, training and recreational facilities, and a creative, closed-loop agricultural system designed to provide both food and supplementary income for villagers.


There's a New Twitter for BlackBerry, But Does it Matter?

July 17, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

Parent company R esearch In Motion (RIM) may be hemorrhaging cash and fighting rumors of impending doom , but BlackBerry’s remaining users can still enjoy a new version of Twitter on their smartphones. Twitter for BlackBerry version 3.1 adds more detail and context to tweets, according to a corporate blog post that announced the update on Monday.


Workout Gadgets Will Soon Be Battery-Free and Powered by You

July 17, 2012 5:11 am | by Enter battery-free gadgets powered by body heat. If you run hard, bike for miles or work up a daily sweat, TEGwear technology will reward you with power. | Comments

Lightweight, wearable gadgets have changed our workout routines. Some of us consider it an integral part of every workout to monitor our heart rates, activity and calories burned in real time. Future devices may become even more enmeshed in our fitness routines. Perpetua , a company that specializes in renewable energy solutions for wireless sensors, is marketing an insertable chip that converts body heat into electric energy.


Standex and MEDER Electronics Establish a Global Presence for Electronics Group

July 17, 2012 4:50 am | Comments

Standex International Corporation today announced that it has acquired MEDER Electronic Group (“MEDER”), which designs, manufactures and distributes a broad offering of magnetic reed switch , reed relay and reed sensor solutions in an all-cash transaction. MEDER offers significant sales synergies as well as cost synergies resulting from expected procurement and infrastructure savings.


Phoenix Convention Center Awards Contract for Technology Services to Smart City Networks

July 16, 2012 10:47 am | Comments

Smart City Networks announced that it has been awarded the contract to provide client technology and telecommunication services at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz., for the next 5 years. Beginning this month, Smart City Networks will maintain the convention center’s phone system, wired and wireless Internet networks and cable television service.


Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke, Hear Victims

July 16, 2012 9:22 am | Comments

Firefighters all over the world risk their lives to save others in the heat of raging fires in various scenarios, from wildfires to urban accidents. In most cases, they are required to dress hastily within 90 seconds to reach ground zero. Because of the rushed time, it’s only human to miss out on key accessories and equipment.


7 Compact, Carry-On Gadgets for Travel

July 16, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

Does work have you constantly on the move? Tablets and smartphones usually make things more efficient and compact on the ground, but traveling with these devices can have the opposite effect. Wires and chargers and cases, oh my! Keeping them organized can be a time-vacuum, and the standard equipment can fill up your carry-on before you’ve stashed your other essentials.


Raytheon Honors AVX with 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award

July 16, 2012 7:11 am | Comments

AVX Corporation was recently presented with the 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business unit. Raytheon IDS instituted the annual Supplier Excellence Awards program to recognize suppliers who have provided outstanding service and partnership in exceeding customer requirements.


Microsoft Set to Make Next Big Announcement Today

July 16, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

Another week, another big Microsoft announcement. The tech behemoth has scheduled a press event for 3 p.m. ET on Monday featuring CEO Steve Ballmer. The event will be live-streamed here . A media alert announcing the event was scant on details. However, the smart money is on an Office 15 announcement.


One in Every Three Mobile Phones Sold in the Philippines is a Smartphone

July 16, 2012 6:30 am | Comments

Consumers bought five times as many smartphones in the first five months of this year compared to a year ago. Increasing affordability of smartphones has been propelling the strong growth of the sector in the Philippines, rendering the country one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the emerging Southeast Asia region.


Keeping Electric Vehicle Batteries Cool

July 12, 2012 11:06 am | Comments

Heat can damage the batteries of electric vehicles – even just driving fast on the freeway in summer temperatures can overheat the battery. An innovative new coolant conducts heat away from the battery three times more effectively than water, keeping the battery temperature within an acceptable range even in extreme driving situations.



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